Two Top Student Papers from Duisburg at ICA’s conference 2014

Leonie Rösner as well as Jessica Szczuka and Elias Kyewski will be honored for their Top Student Papers by the Communication and Technology (CAT) Division at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA).

Leonie Rösner, Phd student and research assistant in the Department of Social Psychology: Media and Communication at the University of Duisburg-Essen, won the Top Student Paper Award in the Communication and Technology Divison of the ICA. Every year, this price is awarded to the best papers submitted by student conference participants (without Phd). In her paper „Aggressive Language in Online Comments: Social Influence, Group Norms, and Effects of Anonymity”, Leonie describes an experimental study about influencing factors of aggressive language use in online comments.

Jessica Szczuka’s and Elias Kyewski’s paper „The protagonist, my Facebook friend: How crossmedial extensions change the concept of parasocial interaction” was also chosen as one of the Top Four Student Papers in the CAT Division and will be honoured with the Top Student Paper award. In this paper, Jessica and Elias examine in how far the traditional concept of para-social interaction can be extended by social media.

Both papers will be presented at ICA’s 64th annual conference taking place (22-26 May 2014) in Seattle, USA.


International Communication Association 13 contributions at ICA’s annual conference in 2014


This year, the department of social psychology: media and communication provides 13 contributions to the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). The conference is considered the most important meeting of international communication and media scholars and takes place in May 2014 in Seattle (USA).

The following papers were accepted (in a peer-review process) for the conference:


Nicole C. Krämer, Jennifer Klatt, Adam Joinson, Cornelia Jers, Wiebke Maaß & Monika Taddicken: Effects of public self-disclosure on the Internet (Full Paper)

Leonie Rösner, Stephan Winter, Joseph B. Walther, Nicole C. Krämer & Tina Ganster: Lost and found in translation – Persuasive effects of native language and international comments on YouTube (Full Paper)

Stephan Winter, German Neubaum, Sabrina Eimler, Judith Meinert, Jonathan Herrmann, Jenna Theil & Vanessa Gordon: Another brick in the Facebook wall – How personality traits relate to the content of status updates (Full Paper)

Sabrina Sobieraj: 3D screening and entertainment – A model of entertainment for cinema (Full Paper)

Sabrina Eimler & Lars Bollen: How do men and women self-present in online business networks – A quantitative and qualitative analysis (Extended Abstract)

Jessica M. Szczuka & Elias Kyewski: The protagonist, my Facebook friend – How crossmedial extensions change the concept of parasocial interaction (Full Paper)

Jennifer Klatt, Brenda Benninghoff & Nicole C. Krämer: Gender leadership stereotypes in immersive virtual environments – The effects of styling on evaluation and behavior (Full Paper)

Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten: How design characteristics of robots determine evaluation and uncanny valley related responses (Full Paper)

Leonie Rösner: Aggressive language in online comments – Social influence, group norms, and effects of anonymity (Full Paper)

German Neubaum, Leonie Rösner, Tina Ganster & Kristina Hambach: United in the name of justice – How conformity processes in the social web influence online vigilantism (Full Paper)

German Neubaum: Media violence from parents’ perspective – Exploring the determinants of attitudes toward media effects and their role in online science communication (Full Paper)

Stephan Winter & German Neubaum: Two-step flow on Facebook – Opinion leadership in social networking sites (Extended Abstract)

Stephan Winter & Caroline Brückner: They came, they liked, they commented – Social influence on Facebook news channels (Extended Abstract)


The overall acceptance rate for contributions to the conference was 36%. 91% of the full papers submitted by the department of social psychology: media and communication were accepted.